Jiří Petrdlík (b. 1977) is appreciated as one of the most respectable conductors of his generation. He studied piano, trombone, and conducting — 1995–2000 at Prague Conservatory, and 2000–2005 at Academy of Performing Arts Prague — with Hynek Farkač, Miroslav Košler, Miriam Němcová, Radomil Eliška, and Tomáš Koutník, and took part in the masterclasses of the New York Philharmonic Principal Conductor Kurt Masur and the BBC Philharmonic Principal Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek. Petrdlík also successfully took part in several competitions, including the Donatella Flick Conductor Competition in London. 

Between 2002 and 2009, he was engaged as the Permanent Conductor in the National Theatre Brno and the Music Director and Principal Conductor in the Municipal Theatre Brno. Since 2004 he has been the Permanent Conductor in the Pilsen J. K. Tyl Theatre, where has been appointed as the Artistic Director of the Opera from the 2020 and 2021 season. As a guest, Petrdlík regularly cooperates with many prominent opera theatres in: Warsaw, Cairo, Toulouse, Odessa, Szeged, Messina, Granada, North Texas, and Prague. 

In the field of symphonic music, Petrdlík collaborates with the majority of Czech orchestras — Prague Symphony Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, North Bohemian Philharmonic Teplice, and regularly conducts prominent orchestras in Europe, North America, and Asia.

In the year 2010, Petrdlík started his successful and long cooperation with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, where he was appointed as the General Artistic Director and Principal Conductor between 2011 and 2015. From 2015 to 2016, he was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Podkarpacka Philharmonic Orchestra in Rzeszów, Poland and a permanent cooperator of PARMA Recordings. 

Petrdlík regularly appears with renowned artists Dimitry Ashkenazy, Ivo Kahánek, Karel Košárek, Jan Simon, Eva Urbanová, Ivan Kusnjer, and Soňa Červená in prestigious music festivals — Dvořák’s Prague, Smetana’s Litomyšl, Musik der Meister Vienna, and Lehár Festival Bad Ischl. Beside his conductor career, Petrdlík has developed rich activities as a choirmaster, musicologist, publisher, and pedagogue at Charles University Prague with a Ph.D. degree, and Head of Conducting Department at Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory Prague. He is the Chairman of the Jury of Praga Cantat Competition and also a member of juries of many international competitions. He is a member of the Dvořák Society, and also the Chairman of the Fibich Society. Since 2016, Petrdlík has been the General Manager and Artistic Director of the International Festival of Concert Melodrama. 

Petrdlík´s wide repertoire contains compositions of various musical genres, styles, and periods. In the field of discography and recording activities, he often turns his attention to the rarely performed titles, from ancient music to contemporary compositions: Gluck’s Ezio, Beethoven’s Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II and Cantata on the Accession of Emperor Leopold II, Foerster’s Glagolitic Mass, Fibich’s Missa brevis, Martinů’s La Revue Cuisine and Field Mass, a selection of Moniuzsko’s most popular operas, Prokofiev’s Eugene Onegin, and Lukáš’s Homage to the Artists.

Albums

Prisma Vol. 5

Release Date: April 9, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6344
21st Century
Orchestral
Orchestra
Navona Records’ acclaimed PRISMA series continues with a fifth installment, again showcasing the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra’s riveting take on contemporary composition. With a focus on innovation and imaginative performance, the orchestra brings a breath of fresh air to a repertoire that’s all-too-often dominated by mainstream works.
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Sparks Vol II

Release Date: March 12, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6337
21st Century
Orchestral
Orchestra
The album SPARKS VOL. 2 couldn't be more aptly named, as bows bend and sparks fly in this vibrant collection of pieces for string orchestra. Bound to please modernists and traditionalists alike, this eclectic collection contains pieces by Dave Dexter, William C. White, Simon Andrews, Rain Worthington, Allen Brings, John Carollo, John Franek, and Jeff Mangels.
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Sentinels

Release Date: June 12, 2020
Catalog Number: NV6284
21st Century
Orchestral
Orchestra
Timothy Kramer has recorded and released a full album of his orchestral works with Navona Records. The result: SENTINELS, an evocative representation of Kramer’s compositions that span several decades, with influences ranging from Baroque to rock.
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Prisma Vol. 3

Release Date: February 14, 2020
Catalog Number: NV6271
21st Century
Orchestral
Clarinet
Orchestra
Navona Records’ exhilarating PRISMA VOL. 3 unveils the diverse faces of contemporary orchestral music. Featuring the works of seven composers, PRISMA VOL. 3 follows up the success of the first two PRISMA installments with symphonic music that is both innovative and deeply alluring.
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Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac

Release Date: May 11, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6160
21st Century
Vocal Music
Choir
Piano
Voice
So many of us wonder about the big picture questions in life. Why are we here? What is the best I can do in my lifetime? COSMIC WHEEL OF THE ZODIAC, with lyrics by astrologer Benita Rainer, presents a cosmic rumination for meditation upon these great questions. These songs guide you through the labyrinth of the Cosmos, which, as perfectly attested to in “As above, so below,” is also the labyrinth of your mind; as what is without has its genesis in what is within.
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The Vocal Music Of Alan Beeler

Release Date: July 8, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6049
21st Century
Liturgical
Vocal Music
Choir
Voice
The music of Alan Beeler (1939-2016) is frequently a compact, tightly focused one, presenting sharp contrasts of color and mood in the context of clear, direct compositional structures. Although noticeably influenced by artistic movements in Europe and America during the first half of the 20th century, Beeler’s musical voice is an identifiable one – crisp, bold, and pointedly quirky.
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Te Deum

Release Date: July 8, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6021
21st Century
Liturgical
Orchestral
Orchestra
The lineage of Western concert music is one which brims with tradition and history, through teachers and pupils, listeners and performers, spanning centuries and continents alike. But one of the common threads which runs through this lineage is the urge by composers, performers, and audiences to all be part of a transcendent emotional experience through music itself.
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Astral Travels

Release Date: November 13, 2015
Catalog Number: NV6015
21st Century
Orchestral
Orchestra
Saxophone
With an innate sense of curiosity and a drive for knowledge, humans constantly push the boundaries of their physical and psychological environments, attempting to break through and discover the unexpected. On his debut Navona Records release ASTRAL TRAVELS, composer and double bassist David Arend explores several frontiers, including perceived boundaries between musical genres, earth and outer space, humanity and nature, and perception and reality.
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